The joint Baltic-Nordic Energy Research programme

On Friday the 26th of October it became clear that all three Baltic countries were ready to enter into the Baltic-Nordic energy research cooperation initiated by Nordic Energy Research (NER). The…

On Friday the 26th of October it became clear that all three Baltic countries were ready to enter into the Baltic-Nordic energy research cooperation initiated by Nordic Energy Research (NER).

The agreement took the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) where the Baltic States and Nordic Energy Research signalled the will to finance a 24 million NOK research cooperation over four years.

Overall aim

The overall aim of the Programme is to promote energy research and analysis in the Baltic States and inspire intra-Baltic and Baltic-Nordic collaboration. This aim translates into three central actions:

  • Action no 1: Promotion of intra-Baltic and Baltic-Nordic research projects with participation of Baltic researchers,
  • Action no 2: A Baltic-Nordic Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) collaboration,
  • Action no 3: Exchange of energy researchers between the Baltic and Nordic countries.

Details on each action can be found below.

The CEO of Nordic Energy Research, Hans Jørgen Koch, stated that

“By launching this initiative we have taken an important step in creating a better exchange of ideas and knowledge between the Nordics and Baltics.  This co-operation will be vital if both regions are to remain globally competitive and energy-secure in the years to come.”

The memorandum of understanding will help pave the way for further research cooperation between the Nordics and Baltics and build upon the success of the Baltic Energy Technology Scenarios project.

Nordic Energy Research CEO Hans Jørgen Koch and Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Kadri Simson, sign the memorandum. Photos: Annika Haas/Norden.ee

Action 1 - Promotion of intra-Baltic and Baltic-Nordic research projects with participation of Baltic researchers

Research calls

The second round of three rounds of calls for proposals within the joint Baltic-Nordic Energy Research programme have been announced.

The thematic scope of the call is limited to one or more of the four areas of key interest for the Baltic-Nordic Energy Research Programme:
  • Decarbonisation of the transport sector
  • Energy efficiency in buildings and industry
  • Energy system analysis
  • Challenges and opportunities for regional electricity grids

OPEN CALL: Call for proposals

The second round of call for proposals has been announced with more information available here.

Projects selected for funding

The first round of calls for the joint Baltic-Nordic Energy Research programme is now completed, and three projects are selected to receive funding:

  • Fast, flexible and secure decarbonisation of the Baltic states – possible progress in the next Ten years (FasTen)
  • Integrating energy sufficiency into modelling of sustainable energy scenarios
  • Knowledge sharing on NZEB buildings in the Nordic-Baltic region

Read more about the selection process and find more information about the selected projects here.

All information regarding the 2019 call can be found on the Call for proposals-page.

Specific reports

The Programme Board will also commission reports on specific topics of special interest to the programme board. These will be published  on this site.

Transport Statistical Data and Projections in The Baltic States

The first published specific report, Transport Statistical Data and Projections in The Baltic States, looks into the historical characterisation of the transport sector in the Baltic States, gives an overview of the actual policy framework, and evaluate the alternative energy sources that can be adopted by the Baltic States to decarbonize the transport sector. Download and read the report here.

 

Action 2 & 3 - A Baltic-Nordic PhD collaboration and exchange of energy researchers

Nordic and Nordic-Baltic PhD and researcher mobility

Nordic Energy Research is offering support for Nordic and Nordic-Baltic PhD and researcher mobility in key areas that Nordic Energy Research has identified as most relevant for Nordic Energy Research cooperation: digitalisation, development of the electricity market, energy storage, transport, bioenergy and CCUS.

The aims and objectives of the PhD and researcher mobility projects are:

  • to develop, facilitate and create a more concrete framework for collaboration and co-operation between higher education institutions, research institutions and industry in the Nordic and Nordic-Baltic regions;
  • to offer support to PhD and research projects in the key areas: digitalisation, development of the electricity market, energy storage, transport, bioenergy and CCUS;
  • to help students and researchers to create useful networks.

NOK 12,7 million is available under this call. Of this, NOK 2.7 million is reserved for partners in Nordic-Baltic projects. Find more information on the funding-page

Action no 2: A Baltic-Nordic Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) collaboration

A Baltic-Nordic Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) collaboration will be organised through NERs general researcher mobility actions. See information above.

 

Action no 3: Exchange of energy researchers between the Baltic and Nordic countries

As for action 2, exchange of energy researchers between the Baltic and Nordic countries will be organised through NERs general researcher mobility actions. See information above.

Details

As of Friday the 26 of October 2018 Nordic Energy Research, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have all signed the Nordic-Baltic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), officially putting the memorandum into effect.

The signing parties of this MoU are: Mr Hans Jørgen Koch, Nordic Energy Research CEO; Mr Arvils Ašeradens, Deputy Prime minister and Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia; Ms Kadri Simson, Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure; and Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania.

With all four signatures in place the 2.4 million Euro collaborative energy research programme can now begin.

Initiated by Nordic Energy Research and developed in collaboration with the Baltic States’ ministries responsible for the energy sector, the Nordic-Baltic MoU establishes a collaborative energy research programme across the two regions.

The program will be 50% funded by Nordic Energy Research (an organisation under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers), and 50% by the Baltic governments.  There are three central aims for the programme:

  1. To promote intra-Baltic and Baltic- Nordic energy research projects with participation of Baltic researchers.
  2. Create a Baltic- Nordic PhD collaboration programme.
  3. Foster an exchange of energy research between the Baltic and Nordic countries.

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